Farm life to feature in a film by Francis shot around Keighley

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A film exploring the lives and livelihoods of people on a small Yorkshire farm is to be shot in and around Keighley.

Film-maker Francis Lee has been scouting for suitable locations in Keighley and Haworth for his planned feature film God’s Own Country.

He has previously completed a pair of award-winning short films – The Farmer’s Wife and Bradford Halifax London. He worked as an actor in theatre, television and films before he began making movies two years ago.

Mr Lee, who is from Halifax, said he will be shooting part of his new film at Far Laithe Farm in Laycock, which is owned by his father, Carson Lee.

He added: “My father and other members of the farming community have been brilliantly supportive.

“We haven’t got any firm filming dates yet – we’re still pulling together the locations, the cast and the funding.

“I’m inspired by the landscape here. It’s the only place I want to work. The film will be about rural Yorkshire life, which I haven’t seen depicted on screen before in a modern context. It’s incredible to think people are still making a living out of these small farms.”

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